Ramaphosa warns Thabane
Southern African Development Community (SADC) Facilitator to Lesotho, Cyril ramaphosa, has advised Prime Minister thomas thabane to stop making key appointments in state institutions as this violated the electoral Pledge (ep) signed by political leaders to ensure a fair national Assembly poll next month.
the ep, among other demands, stipulates that all the signatories should “refrain from undertaking any actions that may undermine the stability of state institutions, including the removal, appointment, demotion or promotion of key officials within the state during the period prior to the elections, subject to due and legal processes being followed”.
However, last week, Dr Thabane promoted Senior Superintendent holomo Molibeli to Deputy Police Commissioner, made Dr Mohlalefi Moteane a member of the Council of State, while also appointing Dr Kananelo Mosito (King’s Counsel) the new President of the Court of Appeal.
According to sources close to the matter, Dr Thabane received Mr Ramaphosa’s letter on Saturday last week, two days after probably his most controversial appointment — that of Dr Mosito as head of the country’s judiciary — which has since sparked outrage within the legal fraternity.
Mr ramaphosa is expected to arrive in Lesotho today to, among other things, engage Dr thabane on the appointments and also assess progress with regards next month’s snap elections.
Government secretary Moahloli Mphaka yesterday confirmed Mr Ramaphosa arrives in the country today, but would not give details of his agenda.
Mr Mphaka would also not comment on the South African deputy president’s letter.
Lesotho holds national Assembly elections two years earlier than anticipated following the dramatic collapse of the Dr thabane-led coalition government.
The government, which comprised Dr Thabane’s All Basotho Convention (ABC), Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) and Basotho National Party (BNP) led by Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing and Sports Minister thesele ‘Maseribane, came to power in June 2012 but failed to last its full five-year term after a bitter fallout between the premier and his deputy.
After the disintegration of the alliance, Mr ramaphosa facilitated the holding of elections on 28 February, under the guidelines of the electoral Pledge.
FILE pic: prime minister Thomas Thabane talks with SADC Facilitator to Lesotho cyril ramaphosa.